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Little River, Arkansas
Report by Marc W. McCord

The Little River forms in LeFlore County, Oklahoma in the very remote Kiamichi Mountains just west of the Ouachita National Forest, then flows southwest before turning south at Nashoba in Pushmataha County. The river is dammed below SH 3 in McCurtain County to form Pine Creek Lake from which it flows south through Wright City, turning east just below there and flowing south of Broken Bow along the northern boundry of Ouachita National Forest and on into Arkansas just south of Horatio in Sevier County. It then flows southeastward under US Highway 71 into Howard County where it is again dammed to form Millwood Lake. Arkansas' fabled Cossatot River flows into the Little River just above the lake on the west side of US Highway 71. The river continues in a southeast direction to the Red River confluence betwqeen McNab and IH 30 in Hempstead County.

An unnamed tributary to the Little River flows out from DeQueen Lake in Sevier County down to its confluence with the mainstream of the Little River in Sevier County of far southwestern Arkansas near the borders of Texas and Louisiana. Along its journey it is joined by its main tributaries, the Cossatot and the Saline Rivers just above IH 30 between Texarkana and Hot Springs National Park. While the Little River is not a major paddling destination for most boaters its tributaries certainly get a lot of attention. The Cossatot is THE premiere whitewater river of Arkansas, and the Saline, which parallels it to the east, is nearly as good, though not quite as technical. All three rivers flow through an absolutely beautiful corner of a gorgeous state, "The Natural State" of Arkansas. While the 'Tot and Saline Rivers are better suited to whitewater canoeists and kayakers, the Little River can be boated by those with less experience.

Click the links below for information regarding the section of the River and its tributaries where you want to paddle.

[ SH 41 to Millwood Lake ] [ Millwood Dam to Red River confluence ]
[ Upper Cossatot River ] [ Lower Cossatot River ] [ Upper Saline River ] [ Lower Saline River ] [ Baker Creek ]

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